Give Away or Sell

I think many of us as we de-clutter will find things that are still useful but we don’t need anymore. I for one would rather give these items to someone I know who would like it rather than to a charity organization. If you have items like these list them in a comment to this post. If you’re looking for things just click on the Give Away category and you will see all the posts.


Renee K. told me today she lost 250 lbs. this week–in clutter! She’s on a roll and ready to do more.

Kitchen Clearing

What is clutter?

Things you do not use or love

Things that are untidy or disorganized

Too many things in too small a space

Anything unfinished

Keeping this in mind as you clear out your kitchen will make it easier I think.

Other questions to ask yourself are:

When was the last time I used it?

Do I really need this many?

Do I need all these tools?

Do I have another tool that will work just as well and do more jobs.

If you come upon something that causes negative emotions then it’s probably best to get rid of the item unless you can’t for some reason. In that case, you need to resolve your feelings. It’s not healthy for your mental state to be reminded of negative experiences or emotions.

All the best, jen

Local Honey-revised

We get it from Reisinger Apiaries in Emmett. It’s also called Fit to Eat Brand Honey in the stores. They deliver, and if you wash and save the containers they will refill them for about a dollar less per container than new ones so that helps a lot.
This honey is raw though it doesn’t say it on the label. It is also clean–no bee parts to speak of.
There is a health benefit to raw, local honey. It is said to help with allergies and in maintaining good health.
Contact info: 208-365-4525 The lady’s name is Janice Reisinger

3 lb quart is $6.50 ($2.17/lb)

5 lb jug is $11.00 ($2.20/lb)

42 lb bucket is $75-78 ($1.79-$1.86)

All the best,  jen

If anyone else has sources they like, comment on this post


It was so much fun to be with everyone there tonight. It was great fun to share ideas and laugh and joke with one another. I’m very excited to get going on the clutter clearing or space clearing. I think I prefer the term Space Clearing. What do y’all think?

I can’t wait for my class to be done at the end of this week so I can get focused on the clearing! I believe I will post the area on which we will be focusing on Sunday every two weeks and see how that goes. That way, if you’re like me, when Monday comes and you’re ready to get to work you’ll have your “marching orders”.

Jenn B. sent me the LDS Splash link that has alot of helpful info. She particularly likes it for the FHE  lessons they have. FHE is something the bishop wants us to be focusing on this year. For many of the goals in the Faith In God, Duty to God, and Personal Progress programs the kids are supposed to present a Family Home Evening lesson on a specific topic. I think it would be cool to find lessons that go along with each of those requirements. For instance, for Faith In God, Gabe needed to read about the First Vision and then do a FHE lesson on it. Serena had a packet she’d done at an activity that made it so easy for him to do but covered everything that was necessary. There are probably websites out there, such as this one, that probably have that.

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By the way, we talked a little about honey tonight. I have a great local source for honey at a good price.

We get it from Reisinger Apiaries in Emmett. It’s also called Fit to Eat Brand Honey in the stores. They deliver, and if you wash and save the containers they will refill them for about a dollar less per container than new ones so that helps a lot.
Contact info: 208-365-4525 The lady’s name is Janice Reisinger

All the best,  jen

The Power of Laughter

The Power of Laughter.

This goes along with what I was saying in “About”. It’s a great article and will make you want to laugh more yourself and with your family when you understand the immense benefits of laughing. Laugh on!

Do you hate sorting socks?

Here’s an idea that I came up with several years ago when doing laundry, handling socks for the third time in the laundry process: getting them all in the washer, transferring them to the dryer, getting them back to the right people, and thinking there had to be a better way. I have used it ever since.

Acquire enough “lingerie” mesh zip-up bags for every member of the family. They are sold at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, either Ross or Marshall’s (I can never remember which), and I’m sure many other stores too. Write their name or initials with permanent marker by the zipper. Have your kids put their socks and underwear too in the bag. If they’re too young, you do it for them and I do it for my husband and myself when I sort our laundry. I have my girls use the smaller bags for their bras and nylons. Then you just drop the bags in the washer, transfer it to the dryer (after shaking them out a bit), take it out of the dryer, and drop it into your child’s basket for them to take back to their rooms. No more trying to figure out which sock belongs to who, yeah!

Reality: at the end of the drying cycle I remove all the other clothes except those that aren’t quite dry and the bags which I continue to dry for another 10 or 15 minutes while I fold the laundry.

My boys will bring up their socks and underwear without the bag and claim they don’t know where the bag is–it’s usually in their drawer or the bottom of the closet. I have to then “encourage” them to then put the items in the bag, but then it’s done.

The bags wear out over time: the zippers break, or seams split open. It seems though, that in 9 years or so, I’m only on my 3rd set of bags. Not bad.

Cleanliness? In all the time that I’ve been doing this the socks don’t seem to be any stinkier than usual, no one has gotten any urinary infections or other unpleasantries in that area, and everything comes out looking clean. Periodically I give that load, since it’s the underwear load, an extra rinse or longer wash or add a little bleach or lately I’ve been adding the essential oil Tea Tree to my laundry loads for extra freshness and germ-killing. It all works.

All the best, Jen

Hello and Welcome

This will be a work in progress since I am new to blogging. Things will change as I figure out what I like and what works best. I will be happy to take input from people that will help to make this blog better and more user-friendly. This is just the beginning and I hope to provide something that is truly useful. Onward and Upward!